Vice President Mike Pence has toured a West Virginia facility that trains border agents while urging U.S. Senate support for President Donald Trump’s security wall.
Pence was joined by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Wednesday in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The vice president said in the remarks: “I’m pleased to report the President is also calling for nearly half a billion dollars to hire additional CBP and ICE law enforcement officials — more than 1,700 personnel on the frontlines to give reinforcements to all of you who are in the fight for law and order at our borders in this country. Help is on the way.”
He continued: “Despite the fact that the President has the clear statutory authority under the National Emergency Act, as I stand before you today, some in Congress are actually poised to try and stop the President from exercising the authority that Congress actually gave him to address this crisis.”
The Democratic-led House last month approved a resolution to block Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S-Mexico border. A vote by the Republican-led Senate is set for Thursday. Senate passage would send the resolution to the White House, where it would face a certain veto.
Mike Pence urged senators on Capitol Hill to back President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the southern border.
“I was on Capitol Hill yesterday for productive discussions with many of the senators who are looking to address this crisis and support border security. But I told them, and I’ll tell all of you: A vote against the President’s emergency declaration is a vote against border security. A vote against the President’s emergency declaration is a vote to deny the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border.”
“So today, before all of you brave Americans, we call on every member of the United States Senate: Stand up for border security. Stand with President Trump and put the safety and security of America first,” Pence added.
He concluded: “The sweetest words the President and I ever hear as we travel across this country is when people will reach out and grab a hand and say, “I’m praying for you.” This is a praying nation, and the American people pray for the men and women of our law enforcement community every day. And so will I.”